HMS VICTORY model ship
Victory stands second to none in the hearts of British
was essential to Britain's continued superiority on the
high seas during the Napoleonic Wars. She was the
legendary flagship of Admiral Horatio Nelson against
France and Spain alliance in the famous Battle of
Trafalgar in 1805. The decisive battle that doomed
Napoleon did not happen in Russia or at Waterloo but on
the high sea--the battle of Trafalgar.
years and that
6,000 oak trees (100 acres of woodland).
Hull thickness at waterline was
astonishing 2 ft. The first that had three gun
feet long ship was equivalent to a WWII battleship and
required the Royal Navy 850 sailors to man her. She cost
63,176 British pounds to build—an equivalent to the cost
today of an aircraft carrier.
Until the Battle of Trafalgar, it had been the custom
for fleets to do battle by sailing past or alongside
each other in two parallel lines. Nelson completely
break this tradition. He divided his fleet into two
groups that would attack the enemy at right angles,
breaking through the French and Spanish lines and
cutting off their retreat. This aggressive strategy
would forever change the course of naval warfare.
Under Nelsons' strategy, the English fleet, under two
columns, sailed toward the enemy who fired the first
shot at the Royal Sovereign (lead ship of one of the
columns) at about noon. For the twenty agonizing
minutes it took to reach the enemy lines, the lead ships
of the two British attack groups endured continuous fire
When the Royal Sovereign drew astern of the Spanish
three-decker Santa Anna, she raked her decks with a
murderous double-shot volley that killed and wounded
On the other column, the
Victory led on, suffering
unrelenting rain of cannon shot, She was searching for the
French admiral’s ship. When seeing the huge Spanish
four-decker Santissima Trinidad, Nelson correctly
assumed that the French admiral’s ship was nearby and
bore down on the Santissima Trinidad. As he did, the Bucentaure, Villeneuve´s flagship, and seven other enemy ships fired on the
her. By the time she had come close enough to fire
the Santissima Trinidad, 50 of
her men were dead and 30 wounded.
Victory collided with the
French Redoubtable. Locked together, the two ships
drifted slowly through the battle.
In the meantime, the Redoubtable’s top marksmen had shot
down 40 British sailors. Seeing the upper deck
populated only by the dead and wounded, the French tried
to board the
Victory’s botswain’s whistle piped
the tune signifying “boarders; repel boarders,” and the
order immediately summoned swarms of smoke-begrimed
blue-jackets to the deck, where they killed every enemy
who had managed to board. During this defense that
a a sniper kneeling in the mizzen-top of the Redoubtable
aimed his musket at Nelson.
Below decks, Nelson´s life was ebbing away fast. But he
lived to see Captain Hardy return from the fighting
above to hear the news that fourteen enemy vessels had
been captured. “That’s well,” Nelson said, “but I had
bargained for twenty.”
This HMS Victory model features:
Billowing sails. Only at ModelShipMaster!
stern gallery. Only at ModelShipMaster!
- Real two lower decks. Only at ModelShipMaster!
- All guns on lower decks have wooden carriage and
metal barrel. Only at ModelShipMaster!
- Three gun sizes. The lowest
deck has largest guns and the open deck has smallest.
Only at ModelShipMaster!
EXCLUSIVE features such as forecastle
- Superior hollow hull
construction (very important)
- Superior rigging:
correct rope sizes, exact HMS Victory's rigging scheme.
55" long x 41" tall
x 14" wide
S & H is $220.
This model has regular sail
(2 lowest sails are
furled to show deck details more clearly)
Dimensions: 37" long x 32" tall x 11" wide.
Please choose one of the three sail options below:
- No sail (to show superior rigging
Out of stock
- Regular sail
(2 lowest sails are
Out of stock
- Extended sails and signal flags, 15"
wide, showing the HMS Victory
at full speed to break the enemy line. Total 34 sails,
foremast and mainmast lower studding sails are all
out. Nobody else has ever built ships with this
On the model, Lord Nelson's last signal reads "England expects every
man will do his duty."
Out of stock
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the above models:
handling cost: for shipment in the USA: $150,
Canada and Hawaii $390, Europe, Middle East and
Africa $450, Australia and East Asia $590.
Will be added automatically during the checkout
process. Model will arrive in about seven
days. Express 2-day service in the USA is
also available during the checkout process.
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Please note that all ship
models that are out of stock can only be built again
after we have completed all custom models.
"I was almost
fooled by a big brand name when I saw the New York Times
Store. When it came to the buying decision, my wife
who's a handicraft artist interfered! With her help, I
found out that the HMS Victory had numerous
"undesirable" traits. The stern gallery was
outrageously wrong--way too tall. The small boats looked
funny; the anchor did not have the wooden part; the gun
barrels had no holes, the ratlines were not aligned at
all; the spars were too thick... The most interesting
thing that I learned that all the guns under the deck
were fake. They had no carriages, let alone the decks
for them to sit on. The gun port covers were made
together with the square frame on which the barrels were
attached. Too many errors... When we looked at
photos of the real HMS Victory, we couldn't believe that
the NYT's model's masts were way too short, with the
bowsprit perhaps only half the correct length.
Rigging line's too big, too coarse. And with the
body being too tall, how could the ship survive the
waves?.... Well, at least the NYTS honestly posts large,
clear photos so people wouldn't feel cheated. Many other
sellers seem to hide their models' faults by posting
very limited number of photographs which are too small
for a fair analysis...."